"Forget about us?" - Stanford, probably.
On Saturday night, in the wee West Coast hours, the Cardinal put together a fantastic performance, wrapping things up with a 414.1, good enough to become the newest high score in the country.
Of their 36 routines, only seven failed to score a 13+. On the flip side of that coin, Stanford posted thirteen scores of 14+. Exactly four of those previously mentioned scores came on floor, an event where the Cardinal put together an impressive 71.25 -- good enough for second-best on that event of any team all season.
On a day where Robert Neff didn't do all-around, freshman Andrew Bitner stepped up to post an 80.1. His day was highlighted by a 14.4 on FX. Bitner is right up there with Minnesota's Shane Wiskus for most impressive freshman thus far.
Andrew Bitner (photo via GoStanford.com)
Altogether, Stanford ended the day with a new high score on every event. In fact, their FX, VT, PB & HB teams ALL recorded scores that rank top-five nationally this season.
Cardinal titles came from all over the place: Connor Lewis (FX), David Jessen/Joey Ringer (PH), Thomas Lee (SR), Bailey Perez (VT) and Grant Breckenridge (HB).
Stanford is officially deep in the mix of teams that have a shot at hoisting a national championship trophy at the end of the year.
Not to be overshadowed was the day that Cal (395.05) had. After a week off, the Golden Bears came into Palo Alto and exceeded their original team score by almost five points.
Aaron Mah continues to have a strong start to the season -- he won the all-around title with an 80.35. "Aaron showed a lot of strength again this meet during the all-around," head coach JT Okada told calbears.com. "It wasn't his best, but to win the all-around shows the potential of him and honestly it shows the potential of this team.”
Aaron Mah (photo: Jess Frankl)
The Mah-Yordan Aleksandrov 1-2 punch was in full effect as Aleksandrov added a title of his own -- his being on parallel bars.
One Golden Bear freshman to look out for is Shane Sadighi. For the second-straight meet, Sadighi competed all six events, this time bettering his total by nearly two full points (77.1). The California-native sits No. 21 nationally as an all-arounder.
Rounding out the field were the Washington Huskies (368.3). A pair of gymnasts picked up top-five finishes on the night with Nathan Tsuji finishing fifth on PH and Benjamin Bloom (Club Gymnast of the Week) fifth in the all-around.
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